SEA-side 1-21-16

Morning All! I hope you are able to keep warm as the winter temperatures finally descend upon us. Keep good thoughts for the East Coast as they prepare for a winter storm. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as they are predicting.

Please keep the lines of communication open between each other and your administrators. Go into each situation with an open mind and remember to focus on what is best for kids. Things are looking good around the district; let’s hope the rest of the school year runs as smoothly.  Please continue to contact me with questions and/or concerns.


1 – Mark your calendars, talk it up among your local members, and plan to attend our 2016 Financial Planning and Pension Review Workshop exclusively for IEA members of the Palatine Office.  Here’s a sneak peek!

WHO:    All IEA Members of Regions 34, 35, 42, 43, and 64

DATE:    Thursday, February 18, 2016

TIME:    4:30 PM TO 7:00 PM

PLACE:  Illinois Education Association – Palatine Office, 553 N. North Ct. Suite 205, Palatine, IL  60067

Meeting will begin with a 30 minute focus on financial planning given by an NEA Member Benefits 403B Specialist, followed by one hour break out groups for:

·         Teachers Retirement System — TRS counselors will be on hand to speak about TRS pensions and benefits;

·         Illinois Municipal Retirement System – IMRF representatives will be on hand to speak about IMRF pensions and benefits;

  • Degrees not Debt – Learn about student / parent plus loan repayment options especially for public education employees.

Please RSVP to  or  or give us a call at 847.359.0300 if you are available to attend.


2 – Attached are the directions (thanks to Kelly O’Reilly) to update your TRS proof of birth. (it may block you at first, but if you hit “allow” it will let you download the directions)

3 – We have our next building rep meeting on Monday – let your reps know if you have questions or concerns.

4 – Transfair info came from Dr. Hannigan last week – deadline is Feb 1st and the Transfair is Feb 2nd. It is open to all certified employees.

5 – I will be visiting buildings beginning next week – I am beginning with Keller on Tuesday, Enders/Salk on Wednesday and Lakeview on Thursday. I will be at each building midday and will be bringing Jackie Robbins, our new UniServ Director, along with me just to introduce her to staff and administrators. We will tour the building to see the wonderful things you are doing and then be sitting in the lounge if you have questions or concerns for us. I will contact each building before I head over with a couple of questions for you to consider.

6 – Lastly, make sure you are keeping up logging your CPDUs and that you are checking your portal every once in a while.

Well – that’s about it for today. Keep warm and I hope we get the chance to talk very soon!


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